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Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $19,444.54

Average cost per trip - $2,160.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 307 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vinson & Elkins, Houston, Texas
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - speak to firm's women's seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,582.00
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $174.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,746.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George C. Marshall Foundation
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Remarks at George C. Marshal Foundation Award Reception and Dinner honoring President George Herbert Walker Bush
Notes - Indicates amounts are estimates.

Travel Cost - $1,451.50
Lodging Cost - $173.77
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,625.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. -Russian Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,362.20
Lodging Cost - $1,676.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,838.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Attend the AEI World Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,746.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $89.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,020.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kincaid School, Houston, TX
Dates - May 23, 2003 - May 23, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Serve as commencement speaker for The Kincaid School graduation
Notes - dependent accompanied. Dulles - Houston - Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,093.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,093.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - July 18, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Serve as sponsor for the christening of the USS San Antonio
Notes - Spouse attended

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $275.33
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute Inc
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $437.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $776.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute Inc
Dates - January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Notes - Greenbrier

Travel Cost - $184.00
Lodging Cost - $636.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $820.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lasker Foundation
Dates - September 23, 2005 - September 23, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To make remarks at the 60th Anniversary Lasker Awards Program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.